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An Amazon Best of the Month Selection A USA Today Bestseller In New York Times bestselling author G.A. Aiken’s gripping new fantasy romance series, the Blacksmith Queen must confront armies and pretenders desperate to take her new-won crown. But with the Princess Knight at her side and a centaur warrior clan at her back, she’ll risk everything for victory . . . LONG LIVE An Amazon Best of the Month Selection A USA Today Bestseller In New York Times bestselling author G.A. Aiken’s gripping new fantasy romance series, the Blacksmith Queen must confront armies and pretenders desperate to take her new-won crown. But with the Princess Knight at her side and a centaur warrior clan at her back, she’ll risk everything for victory . . . LONG LIVE THE QUEEN Gemma Smythe dedicated her life to the glory of battle. With her fellow War Monks, she worshipped the war gods, rained destruction on her enemies, and raised the dead when the fancy took her. Until her sister Keeley became the prophesied Blacksmith Queen, and Gemma broke faith with her order to journey to the Amichai Mountain and fight by Keeley’s side. The Amichai warriors are an unruly, never-to-be-tamed lot, especially their leader-in-waiting, Quinn. But when the War Monks declare support for Gemma’s ruthless younger sister Beatrix, the immaturity of her key ally is the least of Gemma’s problems. She has to get to the grand masters, dispel their grudge against her, and persuade them to fight for Keeley and justice. If her conviction can’t sway them, perhaps Quinn’s irritating, irreverent, clearly unhinged, ferocity will win the day . . .


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An Amazon Best of the Month Selection A USA Today Bestseller In New York Times bestselling author G.A. Aiken’s gripping new fantasy romance series, the Blacksmith Queen must confront armies and pretenders desperate to take her new-won crown. But with the Princess Knight at her side and a centaur warrior clan at her back, she’ll risk everything for victory . . . LONG LIVE An Amazon Best of the Month Selection A USA Today Bestseller In New York Times bestselling author G.A. Aiken’s gripping new fantasy romance series, the Blacksmith Queen must confront armies and pretenders desperate to take her new-won crown. But with the Princess Knight at her side and a centaur warrior clan at her back, she’ll risk everything for victory . . . LONG LIVE THE QUEEN Gemma Smythe dedicated her life to the glory of battle. With her fellow War Monks, she worshipped the war gods, rained destruction on her enemies, and raised the dead when the fancy took her. Until her sister Keeley became the prophesied Blacksmith Queen, and Gemma broke faith with her order to journey to the Amichai Mountain and fight by Keeley’s side. The Amichai warriors are an unruly, never-to-be-tamed lot, especially their leader-in-waiting, Quinn. But when the War Monks declare support for Gemma’s ruthless younger sister Beatrix, the immaturity of her key ally is the least of Gemma’s problems. She has to get to the grand masters, dispel their grudge against her, and persuade them to fight for Keeley and justice. If her conviction can’t sway them, perhaps Quinn’s irritating, irreverent, clearly unhinged, ferocity will win the day . . .

30 review for The Princess Knight

  1. 5 out of 5

    Aisling Zena

    Out today!! 24/11/20 4 stars Review now posted 3/8/2020 When you pick up a G.A.Aiken/Shelly Laurenston book, you know two things for a certainty. One, you will get the most badass, kickass female characters and two, craziness will ensue in every shape, way or form. With multiple POVs, an abundance of quirky side characters and gory battles, this book was a ride and a half. As this is an ARC I'm not sure what I can say and how I can explain without spoilers so bear with me. Gemma is a War Monk that Out today!! 24/11/20 4 stars Review now posted 3/8/2020 When you pick up a G.A.Aiken/Shelly Laurenston book, you know two things for a certainty. One, you will get the most badass, kickass female characters and two, craziness will ensue in every shape, way or form. With multiple POVs, an abundance of quirky side characters and gory battles, this book was a ride and a half. As this is an ARC I'm not sure what I can say and how I can explain without spoilers so bear with me. Gemma is a War Monk that has dedicated her life to a War God, Morthwyl. One of their powers is raising the dead. She has vigorously trained and fought for her God. But when the events of the previous book, happen and a prophesy of a Blacksmith Queen is made known and coming true, she drops everything to go to her family as the late King's heirs will kill Keeley, Gemma's sister, before letting her come to power. Two years later when this book picks up, Queen Keeley is establishing her territory and has to deal with the remaining heirs. I fell in love with Keeley, who was the main character in the first book and I loved every appearance she made here. To be honest I think I loved her a bit too much and because of that I didn't quite get Gemma, her sister, the protagonist in this book. I enjoyed her but I didn't love her. Gemma is very different from her sister in many ways. Where Keeley accepts everyone and offers no judgement, Gemma is paranoid and sees danger in every corner. One thing the two do have in common is their deep love of their family and willingness to protect them from any harm. We also get a bit better acquainted with another sister, nineteen year old Ainsley, who I'm hoping the next book will follow. Once again this wasn't about the romance. The eventual romance between Gemma and Quinn takes backstage amid the battles, the politics, the plans and every new character that appears. And like in the previous book, I didn't feel any earth shattering chemistry. Their relationship was more of the best friends that needle each other, letting down their guards and becoming a devoted couple. I prefer my romance to have a bit more sizzle and push and pull but that's just me. I enjoyed reading about them getting together but I actually loved everything that was happening around them more. Like the heirs individual plans to destroy Keeley and the consequences from it all. The blurb doesn't even cover 2% of what actually goes on and that was the real roller coaster. The events that happen during this book change the dynamics between Queen Keeley and the remaining heirs. The power struggle is real, the battles are awesome, and the side character additions made this into a pandemonium of a book. But I loved it all and I can't wait to find out where this is going. 30/7/2020 I got an ARC!! ** ARC kindly provided by Kensington Books via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. ** 28/3/20

  2. 5 out of 5

    Corina

    At this point I’m used to the signature style of a GA Aiken fantasy series. There is blood, guts and glory. Strong women wielding hammers, swords and bows. Fantastic and hilarious side characters. Storylines that never get boring. All in all, great stories to escape in. If you haven’t read the first book in this new series, The Blacksmith Queen or even the original series which started it all Dragon Kin, you really should start at the beginning. It’s worth it. As with many of the author’s other bo At this point I’m used to the signature style of a GA Aiken fantasy series. There is blood, guts and glory. Strong women wielding hammers, swords and bows. Fantastic and hilarious side characters. Storylines that never get boring. All in all, great stories to escape in. If you haven’t read the first book in this new series, The Blacksmith Queen or even the original series which started it all Dragon Kin, you really should start at the beginning. It’s worth it. As with many of the author’s other books, this one has multiple POVs from recurring characters and builds on the storyline from The Blacksmith Queen. It’s a continuous plot that only gets more interesting with each book. Although each book has its own battles which are being resolved, the biggest enemy is always being dispatched at the end of the series. ABOUT THIS BOOK: I enjoyed Gemma’s storyline as much as Keeley’s from The Blacksmith Queen. Both are distinctively different women, but since they are sisters they are destined to push each other’s buttons in a typical GA Aiken/Shelly Laurenston way, which they do constantly and with glee. Keeley is still very much a main character, which makes sense since she is the Queen and family to Gemma. The friendships in The Princess Knight were wonderfully satisfying, with lots of banter and teasing. The author’s signature humor was everywhere. Both Gemma and Quinn could be a bit ridiculous at times, but it just added to the overall fun of the story. Also they matched beautifully, had each other’s back, and almost understood one another without talking. Overall a pretty awesome couple. For me Gemma and Quinn’s romance was even more slow burn than in The Blacksmith Queen. I feel the romance is just an afterthought at this point, and the fantasy and the story-building is in the main draw. So, please don’t expect much romance, this is really mostly a fantasy series. BONUS: the book has the BEST ending for FANS of the Dragon Kin series. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE!!!!! ___________________________________ I received a copy of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions have not been influenced by the publisher or the author. Find more reviews and book recommendations on my blog Follow me on Bookstagram

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stacey is Sassy

    Blink and you will miss the love story… The Princess Knight was a bloody good story but it wasn’t a great “love” story. I could easily leave my review at that because I think it sums it up quite nicely. But… I can’t help myself, and I probably need to explain my 5-star rating for a not great love story, so, here goes… G.A. Aiken again proves her stuff writing such a thoroughly entertaining para/fantasy. The characters were strong, determined, obstinate, and extremely passionate about protecting and Blink and you will miss the love story… The Princess Knight was a bloody good story but it wasn’t a great “love” story. I could easily leave my review at that because I think it sums it up quite nicely. But… I can’t help myself, and I probably need to explain my 5-star rating for a not great love story, so, here goes… G.A. Aiken again proves her stuff writing such a thoroughly entertaining para/fantasy. The characters were strong, determined, obstinate, and extremely passionate about protecting and caring for those they love. The humour in this tale is off the charts and you can’t help but wear a goofy grin while reading. The storyline is riveting with very clear goodies and baddies and the goodies have me wanting to strap on armour and raise my sword to the cause. This may not appeal to some, but I absolutely love the clarity identifying the good and bad guys. I don’t like suffering (along with the characters) when a friend turns out to be a foe. Sure, I get over it, but there is a little part of my book-loving heart that breaks with the betrayal. G.A. Aiken makes you feel connected to The Blacksmith Queen, her loyal Princess Knight, and the motley crew who stand with them. She also gives you a clear target with the very greedy, deceitful, and unemotional Beatrix. I know where my loyalty lies. The family dynamics are a little crazy with siblings Keeley, Gemma, Beatrix, Ainsley, and a whole bunch of other brothers and sisters we haven’t formally met yet. Beatrix, obviously, is not really part of the family. She showed no loyalty, love, or care for her family, so she’s out and I’m very satisfied that in this instalment she reinforced the need to completely ostracise her. I really can’t see the author redeeming her, to be honest. Between Keeley, Gemma, and Ainsley, they squabble like most siblings but it’s obvious they love and care for each other. We also have the centaur siblings Cade, Laila and Quinn (forgive me if I've spelt their names wrong). Again, they squabble but they definitely have each other’s backs. So, we get to the romance… or maybe lack of romance, part of the story. You’re going to laugh at this but it kind of worked. See, Gemma and Quinn are not mushy gushy people so we weren’t going to 'see' them pining over each other. They’ve seen some truly horrible stuff since the *War of Sisters* (my words, not a quote) began. Gemma is a War Monk who deals death blows daily. While she is passionate, she’s never really had the time or inclination to dedicate to someone who she could love. Quinn is such a great character with a dry sense of humour I really appreciate. He is strong, a great fighter, and very proud whether he has two legs or four. Initially, Quinn and Gemma seem odd together, because they appear to hate each other. I even had to go back to the blurb to work out who the main couple was supposed to be. When they do eventually connect, it’s a blink and you could miss it type of connection. But, you realise that is was just the final piece to their love story that needed to be placed. The Princess Knight was everything I hoped for and more. Packed with action, adventure, intrigue and a huge dose of humour, I loved every minute of it. I’m just sorry it took me days to get it read. I’m tempted to read it again when I can dedicate some serious hours to reading. I kind of miss those days where I could dedicate hours on end to sit and concentrate on a book. While I still love reading, there are too many things going on in my world… our world, that's messing with my concentration. If you haven’t read a G.A. Aiken and love para/fantasy with a decent dose of humour, I highly recommend giving The Scarred Earth Saga a try. Stacey is Sassy, received an advanced copy of this story. The copy provided is not the final copy and may be subject to edits and changes.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sentranced Jem

    I don’t know if you know this but The Blacksmith Queen by G.A Aiken was by far one of THE most memorable book of 2019 for me. 
 Keeley (The Blacksmith Queen) was one of THE most unique badass heroine I have EVER come across and Gemma (Keeley’s sister) intrigued the hell out of me.

 For those who don’t know, Gemma is a war monk (I think that title pretty much sums up what she does) and she has fascinated me. She has always been such an angry character and the ‘curious me’ always wante I don’t know if you know this but The Blacksmith Queen by G.A Aiken was by far one of THE most memorable book of 2019 for me. 
 Keeley (The Blacksmith Queen) was one of THE most unique badass heroine I have EVER come across and Gemma (Keeley’s sister) intrigued the hell out of me.

 For those who don’t know, Gemma is a war monk (I think that title pretty much sums up what she does) and she has fascinated me. She has always been such an angry character and the ‘curious me’ always wanted to probe about and find out her reasons.
 Let’s start with the obvious because I LOVED Keeley and I did find myself drawing comparisons between the two (couldn’t help it 🙈).
 While Keeley aka The Blacksmith Queen is always kind (not a pushover), generous (not gullible), welcoming (not stupid )and truly doesn’t judge people. Whereas Gemma was quite the opposite… angry, fowl tempered, hypocritical…did I mention ANGRY? She is like a little ball of anger. 
I am not doing Gemma much justice am I? BUT bear with me…hang on. Besides the obvious personality difference, one can’t help but admire Gemma because though she may be smaller in size as compared to Keeley (I mean…she does wield a HAMMER!!), Gemma is a powerful, deathly package.
It is because of G.A Aiken’s amazing storyline telling ability that makes this character truly unique and oh-so-interesting. I never did like Quinn all that much in the first book to be honest BUT I have done a complete 180. Quinn is such a delight. Funny, sarcastic, humorous and deathly… Quinn and Gemma have one of those chemistry that gets you glued to the story. Quinn knows just what buttons to push to annoy and irritate the hell out of Gemma. I honestly LIVE for those scenes. I loved how their relationship went from strength to strength… Around each other, they could be themselves, lean on each other, show their weakness without judgement. I think they become each other’s strength and weakness. In all honesty, I cannot tell you how many times I laughed my ass off, wanted to shout my encouragement during certain scenes and cried my eyes out reading The Princess Knight. There were also moments in The Princess Knight where I felt exactly like the characters in the book, where we are just stood there, staring straight ahead for several long minutes. Saying nothing. Unable to move… Why you ask? Because those *clap* scenes *clap* were *clap* EPIC!!!!!!! The Princess Knight is for all fantasy book lovers out there. The book is all about the power struggle, the battles (AMAZING!!!), the conflict of interests, the sheer unadulterated delights of love and respect, and the marvellous comical moments of old and new characters that you will definitely adore. I for one, am already looking forward to reading more from this series. P.S. Can we talking talking about that epilogue?! Can we?! 4.5 stars

  5. 5 out of 5

    Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩

    Have I told you lately how happy I am to have found G.A. Aiken's books? There is just so much to love: 🎔 amazing banter 🎔 unbelievably beautiful world-building 🎔 remarkable characters. Although this author is famous for character dumps, so many people to keep track of, I haven't had a problem with it yet. 🎔 so much humor... I can't begin to count the amount of times I laughed. The fact that I was able to bust a gut while the characters were slicing and dicing and decapitating people says it all. I eas Have I told you lately how happy I am to have found G.A. Aiken's books? There is just so much to love: 🎔 amazing banter 🎔 unbelievably beautiful world-building 🎔 remarkable characters. Although this author is famous for character dumps, so many people to keep track of, I haven't had a problem with it yet. 🎔 so much humor... I can't begin to count the amount of times I laughed. The fact that I was able to bust a gut while the characters were slicing and dicing and decapitating people says it all. I easily fell in love with The Blacksmith Queen and knew by the end of it that I needed to get my hands on the next book. The Princess Knight did not disappoint. If anything, it exceeded my expectations. I was still a huge fan of Keeley and Caid and the men and women who made up their families and armies, but this story was primarily about Gemma and Quinn and they kept me entertained well up to the final word. As a war monk, Gemma has never had a problem with meting out death. And in her opinion, no one deserves to be run through with her blade more than her sister, Beatrix. Actually, she has no shortage of people she'd love to hurt and Quinn, in all his awesomeness, hasn't escaped her notice. However, Quinn's charm and his pursuit to grant her every wish slowly wins her over. He finds his way not only onto her greatest ally list, but into her heart. And why not? He was AMAZING!! From the battle scenes, the many reveals, and the complexities of the characters, a lot was going on in this book. There was so much heartbreak, plenty of triumphs, and tons of heart. While they were able to finally quash a coup from a villainous foe, Beatrix is still alive and kicking to cause trouble and torment another day. The cliffhanger of this part of the story is insane, more drama is sure to come, and I need the next book pronto!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carvanz

    I’m totally loving this series! Filled with so much excitement, drama, humor and intrigue, once I began I couldn’t stop. Gemma was so different from Keeley and yet I loved her every bit as much as I did Keeley. I actually appreciated the differences between them and that this was not a replica of book one but was totally original in every way. Yet both of these characters are tough heroines as in they know how to kick tail and never look back. Quinn intrigued me from the beginning. I learned to I’m totally loving this series! Filled with so much excitement, drama, humor and intrigue, once I began I couldn’t stop. Gemma was so different from Keeley and yet I loved her every bit as much as I did Keeley. I actually appreciated the differences between them and that this was not a replica of book one but was totally original in every way. Yet both of these characters are tough heroines as in they know how to kick tail and never look back. Quinn intrigued me from the beginning. I learned to love him more as he proved to be the perfect sidekick for Gemma. The romance takes a far back seat and to be honest, this really isn’t romance at all in my opinion. The smexy times are kinda tossed in there but it really didn’t bother me. Everything else is so entertaining and engaging that I probably wouldn’t have missed it. This book introduces a lot of new characters that I suspect we’ll be seeing plenty more of as it lays out a foundation for the series to be built upon. I’m curious to see exactly what is going to happen in future installments and how many books there will be until a resolution is found. I laughed my way through so many of the conflicts and found myself getting excited when certain characters were thrown into a scene together because I knew it was going to be good...and it was, every time. And now to hurry up and wait for the next book. Multi POV Safe (view spoiler)[no ow/om drama; h not a virgin; H not a manwhore (hide spoiler)] Triggers (view spoiler)[no apparent triggers (hide spoiler)]

  7. 5 out of 5

    'i Mari 🍷 YAAAAAAS

    THERE'S A COVERRRRR!!!! I. CANNOT. WAIT. November seems so...far away :( But still... I. CANNOT. WAIT! EDIT : HAVE READ (09.12.2020) PROPER REVIEW TO COME ! 4.5 STARS !! THERE'S A COVERRRRR!!!! I. CANNOT. WAIT. November seems so...far away :( But still... I. CANNOT. WAIT! EDIT : HAVE READ (09.12.2020) PROPER REVIEW TO COME ! 4.5 STARS !!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marta Cox

    This time the author gives us Gemma the War Monk as our heroine which I hadn’t expected instead of her sister Keeley who two years ago became Queen of the Western Lands. Gemma has spent time protecting Keeley from their cold, evil, almost sociopathic sister Beatrix who is Queen of the East. Now though it’s Cyrus another of the old Kings children who is raging war and overthrowing religious sects . Gemma returns to her order to warn them but she’s not exactly sure that she will be welcome after a This time the author gives us Gemma the War Monk as our heroine which I hadn’t expected instead of her sister Keeley who two years ago became Queen of the Western Lands. Gemma has spent time protecting Keeley from their cold, evil, almost sociopathic sister Beatrix who is Queen of the East. Now though it’s Cyrus another of the old Kings children who is raging war and overthrowing religious sects . Gemma returns to her order to warn them but she’s not exactly sure that she will be welcome after all this time and it turns out she was right to worry ! Whilst I had initially hoped for more about Keeley I did enjoy this book which was very different. There are numerous characters which does mean you have to pay attention to just who everyone is. Witches, Monks, Nuns, Priests, Assassins, Virgins ( yes really !) Dwarves and just about everything else feature here although most notable was definitely a dead horse ! We still have the Centaurs around and indeed it’s Quinn the ever affable and always truthful who kind of sneaks up on Gemma. No it’s not an obvious romance and for this reader the chemistry wasn’t really there but it was everything happening around the couple that really kept me rapidly turning the pages. In closing I will say that it’s everything I have come to expect from this author and so much more. I did feel at times that Gemma could very well be a honey badger because she’s this whirling dervish of a woman. Quinn understands Gemma in ways she doesn’t understand herself and continues to aggravate her and yet Gemma’s trust of him grows into so much more. The overall story arc evolved into something that I honestly hadn’t expected and that epilogue was absolutely fabulous and I cannot wait to get my grabby little hands on the next book because it’s going to be a glorious ride ! This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I got so excited when I found out my request for an ARC was approved. I loved the first book so much, craziness and fun all around, this book was just as good! I have to say The Princess Knight made me tear up a couple of times so it also shows how much I care for these characters. In this sequel, Gemma, our war monk, is the main character but we also have chapters from Quinn and the author also includes perspectives from different characters along the way which was pretty nice and added another I got so excited when I found out my request for an ARC was approved. I loved the first book so much, craziness and fun all around, this book was just as good! I have to say The Princess Knight made me tear up a couple of times so it also shows how much I care for these characters. In this sequel, Gemma, our war monk, is the main character but we also have chapters from Quinn and the author also includes perspectives from different characters along the way which was pretty nice and added another layer of humor sometimes. Two years after the end of book one, we get to meet a lot of new characters in this book and therefore, we have new personalities to love (or hate like Sprenger). I do have to say this series really doesn't focus on the romance which is in the background and that changes a little from other books so that's nice but I can't say I didn't wish for a little more hints sometimes ;). Other than that, the ending of this book is amazingly not the end of the series and I'm pretty sure there's going to be another book perhaps with Ainsley as a main character, you know that sister Gemma and Keeley keeps forgetting ^^. I'd love to see her and Ragna grow closer as their first meeting was pretty cool. Overall, if you loved the first book, don't hesitate and pick this one up because you'll love it too! (Thank you so much for letting me read and review an ARC via Netgalley)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Celia McMahon

    When I entered for a free copy via BookishFirst, I didn't realize this was a sequel. So, when I won, I rushed and snagged a copy of Blacksmith Queen and dove in. Suffice it to say, I absolutely loved it. I was not prepared for the level of sass and badassery. I thought nothing can top this book, a sequel especially. But boy, was I wrong. I got exactly what book one had: Amazing banter Strong, but flawed heroines a funny family dynamic centaur love demon wolves Gary the sorcerer Need I say more? PRINCESS When I entered for a free copy via BookishFirst, I didn't realize this was a sequel. So, when I won, I rushed and snagged a copy of Blacksmith Queen and dove in. Suffice it to say, I absolutely loved it. I was not prepared for the level of sass and badassery. I thought nothing can top this book, a sequel especially. But boy, was I wrong. I got exactly what book one had: Amazing banter Strong, but flawed heroines a funny family dynamic centaur love demon wolves Gary the sorcerer Need I say more? PRINCESS KNIGHT centers not around Keely, but around the war monk sister, Gemma. I was so happy when I found that out. Gemma is the most intriguing character so it was amazing to read the book mostly through her POV. They all still Beatrix, and there's no shortage of sisterly arguments that had me roaring. I loved Quinn and everything he represented for Gemma. They had a sort of love/hate thing that worked. I cannot wait for the third book. I want to read more about Ainsley!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Soo

    Notes: 3.5 Stars for Story, 3 Stars for Narration This one only has one narrator. She's okay but has a tendency to stress on 's' and that kind of drives me nuts. I think I would enjoy the series more if it focused on Keeley. I like Keeley a lot. Gemma is ok but not as interesting. Unfortunately, Aiken has decided to end the story on a mild cliffhanger. That wasn't necessary but it happened. Fun books when you're in the mood for a light, fantasy adventure story. Notes: 3.5 Stars for Story, 3 Stars for Narration This one only has one narrator. She's okay but has a tendency to stress on 's' and that kind of drives me nuts. I think I would enjoy the series more if it focused on Keeley. I like Keeley a lot. Gemma is ok but not as interesting. Unfortunately, Aiken has decided to end the story on a mild cliffhanger. That wasn't necessary but it happened. Fun books when you're in the mood for a light, fantasy adventure story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    Four and a half awesome stars! See there's this War Monk called Gemma who becomes a Princess and she goes on a mission with a Centaur because she thinks her evil younger sister is killing holy people for some nefarious purpose. Oh, and there's Witches and Virgins and Assassins and a Truce Monk and a Blood Warlock and a Nun and two Queens (one of whom is really a Blacksmith) and Dwarves. Sorry, forgot the chainmail. And Gods, how could I forget the Gods? If all that sounds intriguing then I think yo Four and a half awesome stars! See there's this War Monk called Gemma who becomes a Princess and she goes on a mission with a Centaur because she thinks her evil younger sister is killing holy people for some nefarious purpose. Oh, and there's Witches and Virgins and Assassins and a Truce Monk and a Blood Warlock and a Nun and two Queens (one of whom is really a Blacksmith) and Dwarves. Sorry, forgot the chainmail. And Gods, how could I forget the Gods? If all that sounds intriguing then I think you are going to love this. Every single member of the supporting cast of mages, witches, warlocks, nuns etc deserves their own book because each of them is intriguing (well, okay maybe not the virgins). There are battle and feasting, sometimes battles during a feast and that isn't even the best bit. Because, the end, holy cow … I. Did. Not. See. That. Coming! If you've loved G.A. Aiken's other series Dragon Kin then I know you are going to love this and if you don't? Well have a go anyway. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review. Bumped for release.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tricia

    4.5 stars The Princess Knight had pretty much everything I like to see in a sequel, character growth, plot progression, a few twists and turns, and an extra plus with this series...loads of smartassery and humor! We get to know Gemma much better in this one. While I missed Keeley being front and center, I still really enjoyed the spotlight on Gemma. What makes it extra great to me is that Keeley is quite frankly much easier to like right off the jump, while Gemma takes a little more time to reall 4.5 stars The Princess Knight had pretty much everything I like to see in a sequel, character growth, plot progression, a few twists and turns, and an extra plus with this series...loads of smartassery and humor! We get to know Gemma much better in this one. While I missed Keeley being front and center, I still really enjoyed the spotlight on Gemma. What makes it extra great to me is that Keeley is quite frankly much easier to like right off the jump, while Gemma takes a little more time to really warm up to, but the storyline is continously strong and the more you get to know Gemma the better you like and connect with her. I was so glad to get a closer look at the War Monks in general! It was nice to see the inner workings of this other life Gemma had outside of her family. It also helped give us a fuller picture of her as an independent character. I liked Quinn too. He is honest to a fault, loyal and outgoing. It was a nice balance to Gemma's brash, distrustful, standoffish nature. The romance element was interesting and not as predictable as many I've read before. I kinda liked that it was mostly in the background and how the frienemies unobtrusively just become more one day. Aiken did such a wonderful job laying the foundation and making that so strong that once the romance did click into place it felt comfortable and right and all the typical bells and whistles frankly weren't necessary so I didn't ever miss them. You could easily see the trust and knowledge of each other they had in every single battle and their interactions with each other, even when they were poking at one another. Like with the first book, I absolutely loved the familial banter! It is a shining light in this series. The way they drive each other nutty but have so much love for one another is heartwarming and entertaining as all get out. I could listen to the sisters messing with each other all day long. Beatrix being the obvious exception because that girl does not play well with others. I find myself more and more curious about her motivations though. Another great thing is even the side characters are immensely intriguing. There's really no one-dimensional filler in this story. You get a good feel for the unique personalities from initial meetings and it only grows from there. It was enjoyable meeting so many new characters in this one. I look forward to seeing more of them in following books. The ending was truly spectacular! I'm dying to see what happens next! It is going to be torture waiting for book 3. I received an ARC of this book from Kensington Books via Netgalley and this is my honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    CYIReadBooks (Claire)

    The Princess Knight is the second installment of the Scarred Earth Saga. In this second installment, the focus is centered on Gemma Smythe, the Blacksmith Queen's (Keeley Smythe's) sister. Gemma is a war monk, which means that there will always be blood and death involved in what she does. Gemma is tasked with recruiting as many sects and factions to build an army that could potentially defeat the evil Queen Beatrix (Gemma and Keeley's sister.) Along the way, Gemma and her war cohorts encounter s The Princess Knight is the second installment of the Scarred Earth Saga. In this second installment, the focus is centered on Gemma Smythe, the Blacksmith Queen's (Keeley Smythe's) sister. Gemma is a war monk, which means that there will always be blood and death involved in what she does. Gemma is tasked with recruiting as many sects and factions to build an army that could potentially defeat the evil Queen Beatrix (Gemma and Keeley's sister.) Along the way, Gemma and her war cohorts encounter several enemies and in epic battle style, manage to defeat them. Yet, not all are defeated. There are still other enemies lurking in the land. The Princess Knight, though full of action, didn't quite impress me as much as it's predecessor -- The Blacksmith Queen. Perhaps it is because I could relate more to Keeley Smythe's style and snarky humor. Gemma Smythe, on the other hand, is the diametric opposite of Keeley. Dark and angry. Nevertheless, The Princess Knight did not disappoint. I had a smashing good time with this novel. The humor made me laugh out loud and quelled the gory detail of the battles. It was a very enjoyable read and perfect for fans of fantasy. I rated it four stars. I really liked it and look forward to the future installments of the Saga. I claimed a print copy ARC from Kensington Books through the Bookish First Raffle. The review herein is completely my own and contains my honest thoughts and opinions.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lady Heather

    I loved this book! I was entertained, amused, engaged, and satisfied with the story and the characters. In most (if not all) of G.A. Aiken's (and when she's writing Shelly Laurenston) series', there is one character that is over the top and slightly more insane than the rest of them. Gemma is that character and this is her book. She's dramatic, loyal, loud and somebody you want on your side when in trouble. Her relationship with her Queen, (who also happens to be her sister) is what makes this story I loved this book! I was entertained, amused, engaged, and satisfied with the story and the characters. In most (if not all) of G.A. Aiken's (and when she's writing Shelly Laurenston) series', there is one character that is over the top and slightly more insane than the rest of them. Gemma is that character and this is her book. She's dramatic, loyal, loud and somebody you want on your side when in trouble. Her relationship with her Queen, (who also happens to be her sister) is what makes this story good, BUT the bantering and her relationship with Quinn is what made it great. Tears! I was laughing with tears in my eyes. Great story! Great characters! I can't wait to read the next book in the series. 😍

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    4 1/2 stars! I was glad to be back in the world of Gemma...blacksmith...war monk...princess....and more. This series is rich in entertainment value. There is an ongoing storyline where Gemma is supporting her sister, the Queen against her other sister, the "evil" Queen. It sounds very basic, but it really isn't. There is quite a lot of activity. Just when you think they may have a handle on their adventures, something else always falls into their lap and requires attention. The books are a bit gr 4 1/2 stars! I was glad to be back in the world of Gemma...blacksmith...war monk...princess....and more. This series is rich in entertainment value. There is an ongoing storyline where Gemma is supporting her sister, the Queen against her other sister, the "evil" Queen. It sounds very basic, but it really isn't. There is quite a lot of activity. Just when you think they may have a handle on their adventures, something else always falls into their lap and requires attention. The books are a bit gruesome as there is a great deal of fighting which involves the chopping off of body parts. In addition, there's witchcraft, necromancy, centaurs, nuns, monks, dwarves, gods and more surprises. And most importantly...there was finally some romance and a wee bit of sex. In addition, I also enjoy that the author tosses in some humor and sarcasm as she's writing. It helps to make the characters feel more real. I know we are dealing with a fictional realm, but I enjoy making them relatable. For my part, as the second book in a series goes, this one was quite strong. Sometimes, they can feel a little weaker. But, I felt as if the storyline continued to build on itself. There is good setup for the next book. So much so that we are left with some interesting new characters at the end of this one....leaving us with a little of a cliffhanger feel. Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC. I have voluntarily chosen to review it and the opinions contained within are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Soph

    This is the joining of my two favourite NONRH series .... I am SO SO SO SO VERY HAPPY!!!!! Yayayayayayayayayayayayaya Read this ... and dragonkin..... bigger review to come ❤️10/10 Things you will see in this book ✨continuation of a series MF 1:1 but different MC to last book. ✨part of a larger book World Series :dragon kin ✨fantasy creatures, dragons /centaurs / demon wolves/dwarves etc ✨ more plot less sex. ... a lot more plot than sex but still lovely fun tension ✨sassy full of rage MCs with g This is the joining of my two favourite NONRH series .... I am SO SO SO SO VERY HAPPY!!!!! Yayayayayayayayayayayayaya Read this ... and dragonkin..... bigger review to come ❤️10/10 Things you will see in this book ✨continuation of a series MF 1:1 but different MC to last book. ✨part of a larger book World Series :dragon kin ✨fantasy creatures, dragons /centaurs / demon wolves/dwarves etc ✨ more plot less sex. ... a lot more plot than sex but still lovely fun tension ✨sassy full of rage MCs with good humour. ✨easy read, not complicated, not stressful, not super dramatic ... easy ✨fluffy while still beheading things... ALL OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS ✨emotionally fairly mature male lead that was less mr Darcy than the last book. Would HIGHLY RECCOMEND

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Like just about everybody, I've been in a perpetual Hulk smash mood, thanks to the crap storm that is 2020. Stories of rage and revenge joyfully carried out by unapologetic women warriors with no f*cks left to give like The Princess Knight are literally giving me life during this nightmare. I found war monk Gemma delightfully kickass in her embrace of violence and total lack of subtlety. C'mon, how can I rate a book that nonchalantly drops in vicious war monks, centaurs, temple virgins, and divi Like just about everybody, I've been in a perpetual Hulk smash mood, thanks to the crap storm that is 2020. Stories of rage and revenge joyfully carried out by unapologetic women warriors with no f*cks left to give like The Princess Knight are literally giving me life during this nightmare. I found war monk Gemma delightfully kickass in her embrace of violence and total lack of subtlety. C'mon, how can I rate a book that nonchalantly drops in vicious war monks, centaurs, temple virgins, and divine assassins with anything but stars and applause? Gemma's story is essentially one long journey to fulfill her role as war monk, kingdom defender, sister, and all around badass. Accompanied by vicious war monks, an overlooked younger sister, a horse brought back from the dead, and a wisecracking centaur brother-in-law, Gemma's story was non-stop action. So yeah, this was the violent "smash everything and everyone that gets in my way" saga that I needed to read in 2020. But truth be told, this wasn't my favorite G.A. Aiken. See the full review on my blog Lucky Reads Romance.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    review to come

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maria Itliong

    I love this book the banter between sisters and friends are hilarious and I can't wait for another book about the Smythe girls since it's connected to the Dragon Kin series... I love this book the banter between sisters and friends are hilarious and I can't wait for another book about the Smythe girls since it's connected to the Dragon Kin series...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tori

    So much fun to read and oy!!! What a surprise at the end.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    One of Aiken's strongest suits is that she is able to engage the reader immediately. There is no long boring intro or a full recap of the previous story, you just jump right in and align with her main character(s). This, the second book in the Scarred Earth Saga, centers around Gemma, sister to both the "Blacksmith Queen" Keeley, and to the evil queen, Beatrix. Gemma has been a "war monk" for most of her life, but when there is a choice between helping and protecting her family, (Keeley), or sta One of Aiken's strongest suits is that she is able to engage the reader immediately. There is no long boring intro or a full recap of the previous story, you just jump right in and align with her main character(s). This, the second book in the Scarred Earth Saga, centers around Gemma, sister to both the "Blacksmith Queen" Keeley, and to the evil queen, Beatrix. Gemma has been a "war monk" for most of her life, but when there is a choice between helping and protecting her family, (Keeley), or staying with the order, she chooses family. This book occurs 2 years after The Blacksmith Queen, and finds Gemma with a small group of friends caught up in the machinations of a couple of "evil" factions. Gemma's sense of self is stretched because she has no clear path, is she a war monk or a sister to the crown? Aiken always adds a ton of snark and a lot of fighting into her books, be it siblings, enemies, or allies, it makes no matter, there will be throw downs. As a side focus there is a romance between Gemma and her centaur friend, Quinn. He is always her voice of reason and constant companion. Aiken's books always have a slew of crazy side characters and I hope that some are going to have their own stories. The end of the book has a cameo of a few characters from one of her other series and it's good to see that nothing has changed, LOL!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lubnaa (Romance Library)

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "Hey! I'm a princess now, bitch!" The Princess Knight is the second book in The Scarred Earth Saga and I recommend reading The Blacksmith Queen before picking up The Princess Knight. This is more of a fantasy series with a romance element, as opposed to a full-blown fantasy romance. But trust me, it works. And I'm saying this as a romance reader who normally likes the romance to be the focus of a book. We are now officially in I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "Hey! I'm a princess now, bitch!" The Princess Knight is the second book in The Scarred Earth Saga and I recommend reading The Blacksmith Queen before picking up The Princess Knight. This is more of a fantasy series with a romance element, as opposed to a full-blown fantasy romance. But trust me, it works. And I'm saying this as a romance reader who normally likes the romance to be the focus of a book. We are now officially in the middle of a war between two Queens. Gemma is a war monk who has been by her sister Keeley's side for two years. But when various monasteries and religious sects are attacked and destroyed, Gemma is worried that her religious order is next. She decides to travel to her monastery to warn the war monks. But she is also unwillingly accompanied by centaurs, including Quinn, who likes to tease and annoy her. When I pick up a G.A. Aiken book, I know I am in for a wild ride and that is exactly what I got with The Princess Knight. There's a large set of boisterous characters who are always screaming and swearing at various points in the story. The fight scenes are epic, gory, and so bloody. If you cannot handle gore and crass language, you might want to step away from this series. There are also many new characters who are introduced in this book including other war monks, war priests, divine assassins, temple virgins, truce vicars, and witches LOL. I know, it sounds bananas and it is bananas, but it WORKS! I don't know how G.A. Aiken does it, but she makes every single bananas element in this series work really well together as a whole. The interactions between these characters are HILARIOUS and they all work in tandem with the plot. I've also said this before and I will say it again: I LOVE G.A. Aiken's brand of badass warrior heroines. Gemma is not only a badass war monk who fights her way through battle using her brawn, but she is also a necromancer who can raise her dead enemies during battle. I also adored Quinn! I have a soft spot for funny and easygoing heroes who like to tease their taciturn/grumpy heroines and this is exactly the pairing we get here with Quinn and Gemma. I love Gemma and Quinn together! Like I mentioned earlier, the romance takes a backseat for the plot, but the hero and heroine do interact a lot and their romance is definitely more on the slow burn side of things. I'm actually really satisfied with the romance even though it's not the focus of the story. It all works out well, in my opinion. There is also a lot of plot development and the ending just blew me away. I'm very excited to see where the author takes this series! P.S. Kir and Quinn's bromance is the best LOL

  24. 5 out of 5

    Permanently_Booked

    Since I listened to the first book on audio I was a little hesitant to actually read this one. Sometimes audiobooks can bring humor and characters to life better than the good old noggin can. I shouldn't have worried. This was an excellent second installment for the Scarred Earth Saga. Gemma and Quinn absolutely made this book for me and what I loved most was their weirdly discreet yet obviously budding relationship. I am officially nerding hardcore over all of these characters and their world. Since I listened to the first book on audio I was a little hesitant to actually read this one. Sometimes audiobooks can bring humor and characters to life better than the good old noggin can. I shouldn't have worried. This was an excellent second installment for the Scarred Earth Saga. Gemma and Quinn absolutely made this book for me and what I loved most was their weirdly discreet yet obviously budding relationship. I am officially nerding hardcore over all of these characters and their world. The first novel is based on Keeley and her struggle to accept the prophecy that she is one of two queens. Hell Wolves, Centaurs, witches and war monks riddled that book with excellent world building and passages that make you crack up all the time. This is Gemma's story (Keeley's war monk sister). I will say that at the closure of the first book I was not a huge Gemma fan but having this book with her perspective definitely changed things. All of the different characters from the first book and additions of new religious sects, new magics, gory battles and descriptive kill scenes fill this one to the brim. Half dead, regenerating death horse too! Multiple POVS between the characters are easy to follow, the world building holds true to the first book while building onto what I remember so vividly from book one. My only drawback is I felt something was missing though I cannot pinpoint what it is. Maybe it's the lack of narration or the quickly moving ending or just the fact I am already wanting more. I am not fully sure exactly. Either way, this is a top series for me right now and I cannot wait for the next installment which brings in the dragons!!! I will also be waiting patiently for the audio on this one too. I seriously love it that much guys. I used my points to snag a copy from Bookishfirst based on the cover and before knowing what this saga was about. Seriously special thank you to them for bringing such an awesome author to my attention! Needless to say I will be on the hunt for more of her works. Also shoutout to G.A. Aiken for the beautiful advanced copy and pin and to publisher Kensington Books for brining this physical beauty into existence. Rated 4.5/5, rounded for Goodreads. PS: She also writes as Shelly Laurenston!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    The Princess Knight is the second book in The Scarred Earth Saga, and it is just as action-packed as the first book! Gemma is the focus of this story, which takes place two years after the conclusion of The Blacksmith Queen. Keely and Beatrix, Gemma’s sisters, are both Queens of their respective lands. Gemma stands with Keely in the hopes of defeating their ruthless, power-hungry sister. However, in addition to Beatrix, the Smythe sisters have other problems. Someone is targeting different religi The Princess Knight is the second book in The Scarred Earth Saga, and it is just as action-packed as the first book! Gemma is the focus of this story, which takes place two years after the conclusion of The Blacksmith Queen. Keely and Beatrix, Gemma’s sisters, are both Queens of their respective lands. Gemma stands with Keely in the hopes of defeating their ruthless, power-hungry sister. However, in addition to Beatrix, the Smythe sisters have other problems. Someone is targeting different religious sects and stealing valuable artifacts. Gemma leaves on a quest to save as many religious sects as she can since they are being targeted. Gemma is fierce on and off the battlefield. Trained as a War Monk, Gemma’s reputation alone is enough to send the bravest warriors running. Even though she gave up her calling as a War Monk to help Keely defeat Beatrix, Gemma remains fierce and feared. She can also raise the dead, which comes in handy during some precarious situations. One of my favorite aspects of the story is the portrayal of strong, fierce women. Gemma, Keely, their mother, heck even Beatrix is powerful and intelligent. They have partners but are self-reliant and self-assured. I love that the author highlights such brave and fierce women throughout the series. I also really enjoyed the romance. It’s clear from the start of the story that Gemma and Quinn have a strong connection, and their sarcastic and funny banter highlights their chemistry. Thought he love story isn’t the main focus of the novel, it is a nice addition to the story. Much like Keely and Caiden in The Blacksmith Queen, Gemma and Quinn complement each other well. The Princess Knight is an action-packed story with some epic battle scenes and a ton of twists and turns. Readers who enjoy young adult fantasy stories with tons of action and well-developed characters will love this series. Thanks so much to Netgalley and Kensington Books for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Leanne | Read Sweetly to Me

    Okay, first off, let me take a moment or two just to fangirl about the women in this series. They are amazing! Every single one of them is a badass in their own right and I am loving getting to know them more. In book one we first meet Gemma Smyth as the younger sister of Keely. We saw her break away from the War Monks to journey with her sister when she became the prophesised Blacksmith Queen. She fought by her side and supported her throughout everything, snarking all the way. Now she must trav Okay, first off, let me take a moment or two just to fangirl about the women in this series. They are amazing! Every single one of them is a badass in their own right and I am loving getting to know them more. In book one we first meet Gemma Smyth as the younger sister of Keely. We saw her break away from the War Monks to journey with her sister when she became the prophesised Blacksmith Queen. She fought by her side and supported her throughout everything, snarking all the way. Now she must travel to the grand masters and convince them to join her to fight for Keely and justice. That snark is very much still present in this book. The dialogue in these books is so snappy and, at times, downright hilarious. It’s definitely a fun romp through a fully-realised fantasy realm. Just a warning though that for all this book has its light-hearted moments it definitely has it’s gory moments too, much like The Blacksmith Queen. There’s certainly no shortage of stabbing and beheadings. The world and characters are all expanded upon in this one, we’re introduced to new ones (including Ainsley, Keely and Gemma’s sister who I cannot wait to learn more about!) and see new places. I did think that all these introductions were at a bit of a detriment to the romance developing between Gemma and Quinn. They just didn’t have the time for their romance to fully develop properly and I found some of their scenes together to be a bit lacking. Overall though I enjoyed this one, it was an easy, fast-paced read filled with humour and action. If you’re a fan of fantasy reads that are on the lighter side then definitely give this one a try! Many thanks to Kensington and Netgalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Julia's Book Haven

    *4.5 Stars* Enjoyed this one as much as the first in the series. When I read G.A. Aiken I know I’m going to get an action packed read with nonstop humour. And as always some amazing characters that are usually insane but so fun to read and get to know. This book actually takes place 2 years after the first one ended, which at first I was confused about but I get now that it was the best way to move the storyline where it needed to go. We focus mostly on Gemma, the War Monk sister to Keeley in th *4.5 Stars* Enjoyed this one as much as the first in the series. When I read G.A. Aiken I know I’m going to get an action packed read with nonstop humour. And as always some amazing characters that are usually insane but so fun to read and get to know. This book actually takes place 2 years after the first one ended, which at first I was confused about but I get now that it was the best way to move the storyline where it needed to go. We focus mostly on Gemma, the War Monk sister to Keeley in this book and Quinn, her often annoying centaur companion. They have to team up with some unlikely allies to help Keeley figure out what terrible shit Beatrix is up to. And boy oh boy is it bad. There were so many interesting and exciting characters introduced in this book that I’m hoping we will see more of in the next books. Definitely recommend this one for anyone looking for a great fantasy read. I will say that it is not so much a romance fantasy as a fantasy that has a sprinkle of romance in it. In the end I didn’t really mind though because the author builds such an interesting world that I was so absorbed in. Warning though, this one ends with a crazy cliffhanger that makes me so excited for the next book, I wish it was already out. ARC Provided by NetGalley For An Honest Review

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mindy Lou's Book Review

    Once again this author has brought us a wildly entertaining story in The Princess Knight. I don't think I have laughed more than I did in this book, even in the mist of some really bloody scenes. These characters are brutal, and hilarious! This is not a standalone book. You do need to read the first one to really know what's going on and what's motivating these characters as they wage war against some evil characters. The main focus is on a different couple, but the overall story continues from t Once again this author has brought us a wildly entertaining story in The Princess Knight. I don't think I have laughed more than I did in this book, even in the mist of some really bloody scenes. These characters are brutal, and hilarious! This is not a standalone book. You do need to read the first one to really know what's going on and what's motivating these characters as they wage war against some evil characters. The main focus is on a different couple, but the overall story continues from the first book. We see the same recurring characters as well as some very interesting new ones. I feel there is no need for a further description. If you read and loved book one, you are going to love book 2. It has the same feel without feeling repetitive. It completely drew me and made it hard to stop reading when I needed to return to real life, and the way this ended has me so excited for the next book in the series. I feel like my love of this series grew with book two and will continue to grow. I'm just really excited to see what will happen next!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stephaniec

    I was seriously looking forward to this 2nd book - I thoroughly enjoyed it! Loved that cameo at the end (one of my fav Dragon Kin novels :) I will say there were a million people in this book and another million pov's that sometimes it would take me a while to figure out who was speaking. That's the only reason I didn't give this a 5* I was seriously looking forward to this 2nd book - I thoroughly enjoyed it! Loved that cameo at the end (one of my fav Dragon Kin novels :) I will say there were a million people in this book and another million pov's that sometimes it would take me a while to figure out who was speaking. That's the only reason I didn't give this a 5*

  30. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    I continue to be amazed by how much I love this series. You'd think I wouldn't because it has everything I usually dislike in books (like crazy OTT characters (complete with hair-pulling adults), multiple PoVs (strangely, I never found it distracting here, but felt it actually added new perspectives), a lot of family drama (again, there is hair-pulling involved)), but there is something about the author's brand of snark and sarcasm that pulled me in from the first page and had me completely hook I continue to be amazed by how much I love this series. You'd think I wouldn't because it has everything I usually dislike in books (like crazy OTT characters (complete with hair-pulling adults), multiple PoVs (strangely, I never found it distracting here, but felt it actually added new perspectives), a lot of family drama (again, there is hair-pulling involved)), but there is something about the author's brand of snark and sarcasm that pulled me in from the first page and had me completely hooked and thoroughly entertained! The second book in the series continues the plot from book 1 and ends in an evil epilogue that promises even more awesome things to come. The story still focuses on the truly awesome Smythe sisters (who manage to be strong and headstrong, stubborn and able to listen, independent without being annoying; to sum up: layered, interesting, and really awesome. Did I mention they're awesome?) and the ongoing war between kingdoms. There is a small romance, but as the characters themselves say, it feels so natural that there is very little question about them being made for each other. The romance never takes over, and quietly strengthens into love, with only one sex scene towards the end. The rest is humor, action (be warned, there is some gore), and just a lot of fun! And now, I can't believe I most likely will have to wait a whole year for the next book... *I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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